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November 07, 2007 08:15 AM UTC

CO GOP Strategy: Just Make Stuff Up

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  • by: davidsirota

The red-baiting insanity of the Colorado Republican Party is really a stunning spectacle. It’s so over the top, I have to wonder whether it is parody – like a bad Saturday Night Live skit. In the wake of Gov. Bill Ritter’s (D) executive order to strengthen state workers voice and improve a state government mismanaged by years of conservative ineptitude, the GOP first resorted to whining like children, and is now resorting to just fabricating things out of thin air. Here’s what I mean.

CLAIM:

“The governor’s edict also, for the first time, raises the very real specter of strikes by our state employees,” said State Rep. Bob Gardner (R) Colorado Springs. – ABC 7, 11/6/07

FACT:

“The executive order did not give state employees traditional collective-bargaining power. It contains a no-strike policy.” – Denver Post, 11/5/07

Look, we can have a debate about the merits of employee partnerships, and whether or not workers should have the freedom to join unions. And yes, I get that Republicans are embarrassed that they were thrown out of office, and I understand that they are humiliated that Democrats are now cleaning up after their mess. But is this Republican Party so utterly pathetic that they are resorting to just making stuff up?

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  1. The right wing Republicans took over the Party here in Colorado around the turn of century.  Since people like Gardner, Brophy and Penry along with the other wing nuts believe that government should be destroyed it is impossible for them to advocate a positive policy about any issue.  In their eyes, government is always wrong.  The Colorado Republican Party has entered an intellectual box canyon from which it cannot escape.  Ironclad ideological positions always lead politicians to take silly and irrelevant positions.

    We should insist that each one of these gentlemen tell us how much money they would spend on higher education, transportation and K-12.  No gimmicks just what they think those programs should cost.  If their number is less than the present budget they should be made to tell us the specific items they would cut out of the budget.  At that point we could have a rational debate.

    At the moment their only policy seems to be cut taxes no matter what the consequences.  They always cite President Reagan as the ideal tax cutter and they want to explain the 1990’s booming economy as the primary result of the 1981 tax cut.  They forget the obvious.  In 1986 President Reagan agreed to a tax increase, then George Bush agreed to another tax increase in 1990 or 91, and after that Congress enacted another tax increase the first or second year President Clinton was in office and, as we all know, the boom still happened. 

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